The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Development Foundation is the recipient of a $100,000 donation from Crossland Construction. The gift will be used to fund the construction of a new multipurpose center on campus and support start-up costs for the intercollegiate wrestling program. The new, multipurpose center will house NEO’s new wrestling program and have designated space for indoor hitting facilities for both the baseball and softball programs. “We are excited to invest in NEO’s future and the growth of its campus,” said Bennie Crossland, president of Crossland Construction.
The NEO Development Foundation is financing the $1.3 million facility, which was designed by Oklahoma State University’s Long Range Facilities Planning. “The NEO Development Foundation Board of Trustees is excited about the opportunity to oversee the financing and construction of the project,” says Jennifer Hessee, executive director. “This project will provide a top notch facility to house a new sport on campus as well as provide much needed indoor practice space for our nationally competitive baseball and softball programs.”
Construction on the 8,000-square-foot facility is expected to be complete in July to accommodate athletes in time for the start of the 2013 fall semester. The facility is located on the southeast corner section of campus, near the Health Sciences Building and soccer fields. This location puts the athletic center in close proximity to the gymnasium, Student Activity Center, as well as the baseball and softball fields. The majority of the complex is dedicated to the wrestling program and will house two full practice mats. It will also include both men’s and women’s restroom facilities and locker rooms. In addition, there is a training room and office space office space for the new wrestling coach, Joe Renfro. The southeast section of the building will be dedicated for the batting cages to accommodate the baseball and softball programs.